BB cream vs. CC cream

Monday, January 21, 2013

If you are entirely confused by the title of this post, you are not alone! 2012 was a huge year for BB creams in the US, so you might be used to seeing this term, but what is BB cream? BB stands for "Blemish Base" or "Blemish Balm." BB cream has been very popular in Korea and Asia since the 80's, but originated in Germany in the 60's. Ugh, why is America always the last one to receive new trends?!? Still, what the heck is it? Very simply put, "BB cream is an all-in-one cosmetic beauty and skincare product. Depending on the brand you choose, this cream can act as foundation, concealer, sunblock, and moisturizer all in one."  for the whole history/science behind BB creams, check out this article on Squidoo.

I recently received my first sample of CC cream in my December Ipsy Glam Bag. At first I thought it was a BB cream (which I am still curious to try), and then when I read CC, my mind went into a tail spin. I had no clue what these products were, and I knew I had to start researching asap!

When I turned to Google, I found that CC stands for "color control" cream, which was developed in Korea. It's basically the improved version of a BB cream. Most CC creams have a high SPF and are touted to even out every skin tone... sounds to me like foundation. I don't know how revolutionary either of these products are, I wonder if it's all just a marketing ploy and a new name for liquid foundation/tinted moisturizer? We'll see how it all plays out over the next few years.

The CC cream sample I have is by the brand Juice Beauty. I actually do really like the effects the CC cream. If my face wasn't so broken out, I would only use this cream and forgo foundation altogether. The down fall to this specific cream is that it smells awful! Like wet dirt and leaves. It's an organic brand, so maybe that is exactly what they were going for? Anyhow, this sample and all my research on these double letter creams intrigued me to figure out which ones I should try. I hope the other brands smell better!

I counted 21 BB creams sold at Sephora alone, but there aren't very many CC creams out yet. I imagine in the next coming months CC creams will begin to show up just like the BB creams. Here are the top 10 rated BB creams on the market right now: (Sources: Huff Post/ Allure Magazine)

1. Estée Lauder - Great for Oily Skin $39.00

2. Garnier - For Dry Skin $11.99

3. Dr. Jart + - For Sensitive Skin $34.00

4. Flexitone - For Dull Skin $39.00

5. Clinique - For Uneven Skin $37.00

6. Too Faced -  For a Natural Look $34.00

7. Stila - For Mature Skin $38.00

8. Iman - For women of color

9. Smashbox - For a camera ready look $39.99

10. Maybelline - For the cheapskate (me) $7.44

Depending on your price point and your skin tone, you should be able to find a BB cream that was created just for you (or someone like you). I will be setting out this afternoon to pick myself up the Maybelline brand (because it's the cheapest). I might even pick up Olay's CC cream since it is the first of it's kind and the only CC cream available at large retailers.

What do you think about these creams?
Have you tried them? Would you?

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Jamie Fleetwood said...

I am SO happy you did a post on this, because lately I have been wondering what the heck BB cream is! I have been tempted to try the BB by Maybelline. I hope you do a review of it, for me please! :) xo

Unknown said...

Thanks for the great post very helpful !!

Chelsea @ Lost in Travels said...

I love this post. I am really curious to try out CC cream.I live in Korea so BB creams are ALL OVER! but unfortunately most have skin whiteners (definitely NOT something I need) so i've always been scared to try them

Ashley said...

Thanks for Sharing...I use the Garnier BB creams daily. Juice beauty has a great CC cream I cant wait to try :)

The Curvy Girl said...

I have tried BB and CC creams but because they all have SPF in them, they make my skin super oily! I wish they had an option with no SPF in it...:( I love the concept of a BB or CC cream though...easy!

Amy said...

thanks for the explnation, i didn't know the diff either!

Hip-Baby Mama said...

I've been using the Juice Beauty CC Cream and by the second week, I barely noticed the smell. I love the way my skin looks with it!
Found you on the GFC Blog Hop...

Unknown said...

I would love to try some of those! I love new beauty products!

I'm your newest follower from the GFC blog hop

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TheTinyHeart said...

I use the Garnier BB cream and I really like it, but it does make my face oily. I have yet to try the CC creams!

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Anonymous said...

Garnier is oily and made my skin brake out. :(

Jenn @ Party of One said...

I have the Dr. Jart + Water Infused BB & I LOVE it. I received it as a sample in a Birchbox this summer- which I'm thankful for. Otherwise, I probably never would have tried it. Something I've come to find out? You only need a TINY amount of BB cream... at least for the brand I have. Otherwise, it's oily & I break out. Lesson learned. Depending on my face....specifically the time of the month...I like to wear it alone but most times need a foundation- or concealer at very least!- over it.

I'm glad that you did an explanation on the CC cream, though!I was confused as to what it was & what the difference was. Good to know :)

Stopping by from Random Wednesday w/ Shanna!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE my BB cream... wouldn't go a day without it! I haven't tried the CC creams yet. I am your newest follower and was hopin' that you'd swing by, hang out for a bit, and follow back if you like what you see.

Have a lovely day,

The Beauty and Lifestyle Hunter said...

Great post. The Garnier made my skin break out too, and the Olay CC is unfortunately not yet available here in Australia!!

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